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Prof Accused of ‘Hostile Learning Environment’ for Assigning too Many Male Authors

Prof Accused of ‘Hostile Learning Environment’ for Assigning too Many Male Authors

“also accused the professor of frequent sexist language”

The student used the school’s ‘bias reporting system’ to complain. That’s where this leads.

The College Fix reports:

Professor accused of ‘hostile learning environment’ for assigning male authors

A 22-year old female University of Utah student reported her business professor to campus administrators for, among other things, assigning too many historical texts written by influential male economists of the past.

“I understand the importance of studying the work of those before us and the importance of context,” wrote the student in a complaint to the university’s bias reporting system, where she labeled the professor’s transgressions “derogatory,” “degrading,” and “intimidating,” thereby causing a “hostile learning environment.”

The report also accused the professor of frequent sexist language, but the bulk of the complaint centered on his assigned readings for the business course.

“I believe it to no longer be necessary when teaching the foundations of our country’s economic system and those who helped build [its] ideals to be presented in conjunction with their sexist beliefs that have already planted their roots within our global and local communities,” the student stated in her complaint, filed in December 2018 and recently obtained by The College Fix through a public records act request.

The complaint was among 27 bias reports lodged at the public university in the Fall 2018 semester, according to the results of the request. The documents provided by the University of Utah redact all personal identifying information.

In the female student’s bias report, she stated that while her professor “never applauded these philosophers on their sexist beliefs,” he “never outright said they were wrong” and “continued to place them upon a pedestal.”


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Wrong about what? Were they wrong because they were men or were their theories proven wrong. These Social Justice Warriors want their own beliefs given back to them, by their Professors. No need to to any thinking.

PostLiberal | June 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm

This is insane. A student has no right at all to set curriculum. That is the prerogative of the professor and the department.

But there are no important female economists. None. Someone please provide a single counterexample.

PostLiberal | June 2, 2019 at 11:53 am

Here is a counterexample.Deirdre McCloskey. However, Deirdre was born male, which for the protesting female student may be considered a strike against Deirdre.

Yes, Deidre is trans, but is also a respected economist who has published quite a bit. The “woke” people may not like it that Deidre is not a raving lefty.

McCloskey has described herself as a “literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man. Not ‘conservative’! I’m a Christian libertarian.

    healthguyfsu in reply to PostLiberal. | June 2, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I’d also be willing to bet that she learned a great many things and built upon a foundation formed by the works of economists who came before her, all or most of whom were male.

    It’s a male dominated field…today and in the past.

    artichoke in reply to PostLiberal. | June 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, I actually want to read her book. She’s intelligent and clearly not a nutcase, which seems to make her different than so many who transition and have the surgery.